COVID-19: Prime Minister attacks anti-vox ‘mumbo jumbo’
The prime minister believes it's a "tragedy" that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is putting "all this pressure" on the NHS, and that "you've got individuals out there spouting pure nonsense about vaccination."
The prime minister said he wanted to preserve a "voluntary approach" to COVID-19 vaccinations during a visit to a vaccination centre in Northampton, stressing that some European countries are "going for coercion."
However, he called it a "tragedy" that the Omicron form has put "all this pressure" on the NHS, noting that 30-40% of patients in hospital in this current wave are unvaccinated, and that "you've got people out there spouting complete nonsense about vaccination."
He ADDED: "They are totally wrong and I think it is time that I, the government, call them out on what they are doing.
"It is absolutely wrong, it is totally counterproductive, and the stuff they're putting out on social media is completely mumbo jumbo."
"The saddest words in the English language are 'too late'. When you're in ICU and you haven't been vaccinated, sadly it's too late to get vaccinated, so get boosted now."
NHS STAFFING CRISIS
Mr Johnson also recognised that the NHS is currently under "tremendous pressure," but said that it is "not accurate" that the health service has sufficient staff to deal with the difficulties.
The NHS is suffering a "staffing crisis," according to health officials, with 24 trusts declaring a critical event. This is the highest level of alert, indicating that the trust is concerned that priority services will not be delivered safely.
While acknowledging that the NHS is currently under "tremendous pressure," the Prime Minister denied that the NHS should be put on a war footing without the proper manpower.
"It's been ongoing for the last 18 months, wave after wave of COVID," Mr Johnson remarked, emphasising that he understands how aggravating it is to witness another wave.
He defended the administration's record of increasing staffing levels, claiming that "this year there are 5,000 more doctors and 10,000 more nurses" and that the government was hiring even more.
In the United Kingdom, an estimated 4.5 million people aged 18 and up have yet to receive their first dose, more than six million have yet to have two jabs, and over nine million eligible people have yet to accept the offer of a booster.
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